I am using Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (very happy with it so far), but I am facing a really weird issue. It's not impossible that I have changed a setting somewhere to break it, but I cannot find such a setting anywhere.

When I launch the Files application (Nautilus) I do not see the application in the launcher (the left panel). When I Alt+Tab I see all other apps (except minimized), but Files is also missing. The app is not minimized.


If you open Nautilus and navigate to /usr/share/applications you will see some files named 'Files'. In the Nautilus window you will not see their filenames unfortunately you will see this:

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If you first drag each file onto a gedit window you will be able to identify the files as:

  1. nautilus.desktop
  2. nautilus-folder-handler.desktop
  3. org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop

All you need to do is to drag the one named org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop over onto your left panel launcher and simply drop it there. All should be well :)

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    Nope, in 16.04, the one you need is org.gnome.Nautilus.desktop – Jacob Vlijm May 8 '16 at 7:11
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    @Jacob: Thanks, I have replaced the image and corrected the selected file... – andrew.46 May 8 '16 at 8:33
  • This is partially solving the problem. It works when the icon is in the HUD, but I don't want to keep it pinned there. I like to have it clean. – Ivan Dokov May 10 '16 at 17:15
  • Thanks so much. This fixed my problem after I uninstalled Nemo. Ta-da! – Alex K Sep 19 '17 at 17:43
  • @AlexK Great news :) – andrew.46 Sep 19 '17 at 23:46

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